Kiwis in charge despite fighting knocks from ‘Shiv’, Gayle

Kiwis maintain grip

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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DESPITE the efforts of senior batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul and hometown hero Christopher Gayle, New Zealand maintained a powerful grip on the first Test match at Sabina Park after dismissing the West Indies for 262 on yesterday's third day.

Deciding not to enforce the follow-on after their imposing total of 508-7 declared in the first innings, New Zealand lost two quick wickets to end the day on 14-2, still with a commanding lead of 260 runs.

Scores: New Zealand 508-7 decl'd (174.3 overs); West Indies 262 (81.2 overs) and 14-2 (13 overs)

Play is set to resume today at 10:00 am with left-hander Tom Latham not out on eight and night watchman Ish Sodhi on four.

The 39-year-old Chanderpaul, in his 154th Test, top scored yesterday for the regional side with a fluent 84 off 138 deliveries, inclusive of 13 sweetly timed boundaries.

A decade ago, Gayle scored his ninth One-Day International century -- against England -- in his hundredth appearance in that format.

The excitement around the ground was almost tangible yesterday as the Jamaican, playing his hundredth Test, passed the 50 mark. But after striking 11 fours in 64 runs, he was dismissed off the 125th ball he faced.

Fans will have to wait for the West Indies' second innings to see if the big left-hander can notch a century to match the occasion of the milestone.

The 25-year-old pacer Tim Southee, extracting movement off the pitch to match unerring accuracy, ended with 4-19 for the Kiwis. Debutant off-spinner Mark Craig, 27, got ample bounce and turn and grabbed 4-91.

Earlier, West Indies resumed from their overnight 19-0 with Gayle unbeaten on eight, while fellow left-handed opener Kieran Powell was not out on 11.

The duo faced a testing spell from the New Zealand opening pair of Southee and left-arm seamer Trent Boult, as the bowlers held a tight shackle on proceedings.

Gayle was troubled by Southee early on, but he bided his time, before picking up the pace with several attacking shots when the slower bowlers were introduced.

He and Powell had added 60 runs when the latter played down the wrong line to Craig and was given out leg-before-wicket for 28.

Kirk Edwards -- dismissed in the same Craig over -- and left-hander Darren Bravo followed soon after without troubling the scorers.

The tentative Edwards was caught at slip by Ross Taylor off the off-spinner before Bravo offered a simple return catch to wrist spinner Ish Sodhi, who had delivered a routine full-pitched delivery.

At the other end, Gayle, 34, stood tall, and went within three runs of 7,000 runs in Test cricket before the impressive Southee induced an edge and the ball flew to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Marlon Samuels, not in the best of form currently, went in the same over when Southee trapped him lbw for nought.

Chanderpaul and captain Denesh Ramdin then added a busy 72 runs for the sixth wicket, but Southee got his third of the innings when the West Indies captain was deceived by a slower ball, flicking a shot onto his pad for Watling to run around on the leg side and dive forward for the catch.

Kemar Roach (four) fell to Craig and Jerome Taylor (seven) was dismissed by the persevering Boult as the hosts slipped to 194-8.

Sulieman Benn (17) and Shillingford (14) fired a few lusty blows as the enterprising Chanderpaul pushed for his 30th Test century, but it was not to be, as the veteran player ran out of batting partners.

Though having the power to enforce the follow-on and make the West Indies bat again, the New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum opted to extend their lead, while giving his bowlers a rest after more than 80 overs in the field.

Off the first ball of the innings, however, New Zealand opener Peter Fulton, enduring a dismal match, inexplicably stretched his bat out to edge a full and wide delivery to a diving Ramdin behind the wicket.

For the second time in the match, Williamson (two) was bowled while leaving alone a delivery aimed at his off-stump. In the first innings it was to left-arm finger spinner Sulieman Benn, but yesterday, his fate was sealed by pacer Kemar Roach.


NEW ZEALAND 1st innings 508 for seven decl.

WEST INDIES 1st innings

(overnight 19 without loss)

C Gayle c wkp Watling b Southee 64

K Powell lbw b Craig 28

K Edwards c Taylor b Craig 0

D Bravo c & b Sodhi 0

S Chanderpaul not out 84

M Samuels lbw b Southee 0

*+D Ramdin c wkp Watling b Southee 39

K Roach c Fulton b Craig 4

J Taylor c McCullum b Boult 7

S Benn b Craig 17

S Shillingford c wkp Watling b Southee 14

Extras (lb2, w1, nb2) 5

TOTAL (all out, 81.2 overs) 262

Fall of wickets: 1-60 (Powell), 2-60 (Edwards), 3-61 (Bravo), 4-104 (Gayle), 5-104 (Samuels), 6-176 (Ramdin), 7-185 (Roach), 8-194 (Taylor), 9-223 (Benn), 10-262 (Shillingford)

Bowling: Boult 19-3-67-1 (nb1, w1), Southee 16.2-9-19-4, Craig 24-3-91-4 (nb1), Neesham 6-1-14-0, Sodhi 16-1-69-1.

NEW ZEALAND 2nd Innings

P Fulton c wkp Ramdin b Taylor 0

T Latham not out 8

K Williamson b Roach 2

I Sodhi not out 4

TOTAL (2 wkts, 13 overs) 14

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Fulton), 2-7 (Williamson).

To bat: R Taylor, *B McCullum, J Neesham, +BJ Watling, T Southee, M Craig, T Boult.

Bowling: Taylor 4-2-4-1, Roach 6-3-4-1, Benn 3-1-6-0.

Position: New Zealand lead by 260 runs.

Umpires: R Illingworth, R Tucker

TV Umpire: I Gould.





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